This thing isn’t going to stop at one post; me looking back at Felix’s achievements. Hell, I reckon it won’t stop at two, but we’ll take each day as it comes.
Felix is awesome. He’s probably already the greatest pitcher in Mariners history and he’s working his way towards greatest MARINER in Mariners history. When I mean “greatest” I don’t just mean the fan favorite (otherwise, shit, Joey Cora would probably land in the Top 5), I mean the guy who is physically the fucking greatest specimen to ever put on a Mariners uniform. And, once you put him in the discussion for greatest Mariner, you’re not very far off from talking about the greatest athlete in Seattle sports history.
But, those are posts for other times. This post is about individual game achievement. More specifically, this is about the greatest individual performances I have ever seen in my 25 years (or so) of sports viewership.
Eventually, I’m probably going to turn this post into a Timeline, but for now I’m just going to tick them off as I can remember them. I think, first and foremost, what will never be beaten is Marques Tuiasosopo’s 300/200 game against Stanford in 1999. If you don’t know what I’m talking about: Tui became the only player EVER to throw for 300+ yards and run for 200+ yards in the same game. It’s an absolutely insane amount of yardage for one man to gain and I don’t think it’ll ever be topped. Regardless of where you’re from or what sport you’re talking about, that individual performance is one of the greatest of all time, period.
In sticking with the Huskies, there’s Corey Dillon’s 305 all-purpose yards (222 rushing & 83 receiving) in the first quarter of a game against San Jose State. What makes that even more incredible is, the Huskies were up by such a lead (36-0) after 15 minutes of play that Dillon never played again the rest of the game. Who the hell knows, he could have gotten 1,000 yards that game!
One more Husky performance before I move on: I don’t want to take away too much from Keith Price’s 7 touchdowns in last season’s Alamo Bowl, but knowing that he did what he did and we still lost kind of puts a damper on that accomplishment. Nevertheless, I mean, 7 fucking TDs is pretty fucking amazing.
In Husky Basketball, I don’t think anything tops Isaiah Thomas’ 28 points and his cold-blooded buzzer-beater against Arizona in the 2011 Pac-10 Tournament.
For the Sonics, I don’t know why, but the first thing that comes to mind is Rashard Lewis’ 50 point game. I don’t remember who we were playing, I just know that it was the first game of the 2003/2004 season and that it was being played in Japan for some reason. It probably jumps out because it was so fucking unexpected coming from him.
With the Seahawks, you have Shaun Alexander’s 5-TD first half against the Vikings, which I’m almost positive was a Sunday (or Monday) night game.
For the Mariners, another semi-oddity comes to mind: Mike Cameron’s 4-homer game against (I believe) the White Sox.
Then, of course, you have Randy. I wasn’t an M’s fan when he threw his no-hitter for us, but I was around in 1997 when he apparently had not one but TWO games where he had 19 strikeouts. I always thought he was going to at least tie the record in a Mariners uniform, but it wasn’t meant to be.
And finally, Felix. Yes, there was yesterday’s Perfect Game. But, there was also April 11, 2007’s game in Boston against Daisuke Matsuzaka (his first game in the Majors). Complete game, 1 hit, 6 K’s, 2 walks.
This is an imperfect list, I understand, but it’s early and my head is still in a fog. I’m going to come back sometime with a breakdown of Felix’s greatest starts in his professional career. Hopefully it’ll be better than this.